A hardy 264 folks turned out to brrrrrun, jog and walk round the park in increasingly wintry conditions this morning. We were delighted to welcome 11 first timers to this hardy bunch. Our tourists today hailed from Longrun Meadow parkrun in Taunton, and Alderham parkrun in Elstree. I hope you had a warm welcome here at Catton, both of you! I don’t know about you lot, but I spent a good 20 minutes under a hot shower attempting to thaw out after this morning’s event. Once the ice sloughed off my back I felt much better.
Somehow despite the conditions being dodgier than a late night kebab on Prince of Wales Road (not that I’d know, I’m far too old for such malarkey) an incredible 38 of you managed personal bests today, including our first finisher Trevor Gannon, who somehow used the conditions to his advantage, romping home in a time of 17:24.
Two of our new runners today were father and son team of Charlie and Kieran Fetherston. I got talking to both before the event today and despite Dad’s thoughts they may not complete, they both managed it in under 40 minutes. Well done chaps, and only nine more runs before your first T-Shirt, Charlie! (Dad you might have to wait a bit longer…)
Big thanks to everyone for your quiet during the run briefing, and equally thanks for not gallivanting over the hedgerows on your way to the start line. As much fun as hurdling is, Catton Park’s junior trees and hedges can’t handle being crumpled under a misplaced Asics!
Oak Lane Watch reported quieter than normal conditions there this morning, so thanks for that. We do appreciate it!
Our future volunteer roster is once again looking decidedly sparse. We desperately need more people for both the 29th and the New Years Day runs. We’re expecting – as the Norfolk “late start” event, we may have a jumbo contingent of runners who are either up late or doing the double with other Norfolk runs. Stephanie is our Run Director for both these events and if we don’t want to find her hiding under the chairs in Heyman Lodge on NYD crying – please consider coming to lend a hand. Steph may be hung over anyway and want to hide under the chairs whatever but let’s not give her an excuse.
Making sure the event went ahead today without a hitch were your following bunch of parkrun pilots! Chris RICHARDSON • Christopher HOWE • Darren WOODWARD • David FIELD • Elizabeth HALFORD • Elliot BEESON • Gill THOMAS • Howard TULLY • James BISHOP • Joseph HOWE • Luke NAPTHEN • Miranda ELLIS • Neil SHIACH • Nicola HINSLEY • Robin TAYLOR • Ruth HOYLE • Sally ASPIN • Sharon CORDEN • Shelley AMES • Theresa CORNISH
Next week, on the 22nd, is our Festive Festival of Festivities for the, uh, Festive Season. Fancy dress is optional but not required. Those of you who are familiar with our Run Director Brett Cornish can expect him to have come up with another monstrosity upon my poor beleaguered eyes magnificent effort. He’s like a speedy Mr Benn (ask your parents). I’m betting on the fairy on top of the tree, personally. Please feel free to dress up, bring cakes, chocolate, mince pies, marmite covered sprouts (yes they exist)… whatever you like. We’ve got a few milestones next week too from some familiar Catton parkrun faces so there should hopefully be snacks aplenty. (Ali Masterson I’m looking at you here. It’s your 100th and I know you know how to bake…. *taps fingers expectantly*)
Annnnnd speaking of Milestones! This week we were happy to welcome three of our regular runners into the 100 club. Tricia Fuller, Helen Hinsley and Roger Madle all fought the cold to achieve run 100! Big congratulations from all of us! Joining the 50 club was Dave Thomson who ran his 5th run with us today to claim his club entry. Well done, and thanks for coming to see us today.
Personal note here from me, I just want to thanks the Friends of Catton Park for always having the coffee and tea flowing from early in the morning. Coffee was really needed before and after today, so thanks to Sue and team!
Right you awesome bunch, I’m off in search of a mince pie and some thermal socks. Have an outstanding week and we’ll see you next Saturday for the 273rd episode of Catton parkrun, and the 12th or 13th episode of “Oh God is Brett really wearing that?!?”
Your thought for the week is “I would walk 500 miles, and I would walk 500 more, just to be the person who didn’t park on Oak Lane”. (Thanks Helen!)
PS. Round of applause for Miranda’s Christmas Songs on Facebook please! If you’re one of the few who doesn’t venture onto facey-b I strongly recommend you check them out.
PPS. Dear Santa. I want my Jetpack. Or at least a couple of mini kegs of beer I can strap to my back and pretend. Love James.